Tips To Stay Safe From Covid-19 

One major thing that you can do to take the right precautions is to wash your hands as often as you can. If you are constantly in contact with any type of surface, especially an unknown one, assume that it is covered with germs and wash your hands after every contact touch that you make. Remember that it is important that you scrub your hands with soap for 20 seconds. It is important to get every part of your hands, in between the fingers, the nails, all of them. Just running your hands through water won’t help you at all, it is crucial that you are using soap every time that you are washing your hands. If soap and water are not available at your disposal, alcohol based hand sanitizer is a great alternative. 

Disinfecting surfaces is just as crucial. Don’t assume that any surface is clean at first glance, assume that it isn’t and take as many precautions as you can to stay safe and stop the spread of Covid-19. These include things such as but not limited to desk tops, phone screens, TV remotes, door handles and more. Make sure to rub these items down with the proper alcohol based disinfectant. Lysol is a great source to fully disinfect them, but you can also use other appropriate alcohol based disinfectants to also get the job done. When messing with electronics though, you want to avoid getting them wet to prevent them from getting damaged, in this case you want to use a dampened rag to get the job done. 

Avoid using things that others have touched before you. If you are touching things that have been touched by others before you, ensure that you avoid touching your face and wash your hands as quickly as possible. Don’t eat food that has been handled by someone who may appear to be sick, even if it’s just the slightest thing. Avoid using utensils that are being touched by others, but if you do happen to come across utensils touched by others, try to wash the utensil before using and wash your hands as well. You also want to avoid sharing anything that you have with others that may appear sick. 
It is crucial to avoid contact with others as much as you possibly can. Do not shake hands with anyone, if need be, a good elbow bump or a smile can be used as a way of properly greeting someone, but do avoid handshakes and hugs. Shaking hands can help spread the disease even more, and if you do happen to shake someone’s hand, remember to disinfect your hands as quickly as possible. As we are now reopening again, chances are you are meeting up with friends and family that you may have not physically seen for the past couple months due to social distancing, but remember to hold the urge to be in physical contact with them, meaning no hugs, kisses or handshakes, a simple smile is all you need. Even though you are able to see them again, remember to still try to keep your distance from them to avoid spreading anything. Keep your distance even while in the same room, remember to stay 6 feet apart from each other at all times as much as you can. 

Although we are opening up again, and having the freedom to go out again, remember that it is still important to avoid large gatherings. If you do happen to go out, avoid being in places filled with people, this will help to stop the spread of Covid-19. If you do find yourself in a place that is crowded, try to keep your distance from others as much as you possibly can. Due to the amount of people that still haven’t been tested, you don’t if someone is infected or not. The scary part of the disease is that you may be infected and still not show any signs of sickness. That is why it is important to take all the necessary precautions needed and assume everyone has it and avoid getting close to others to stop the spread of this disease. 

Avoid touching your face at all cost, this means avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth as much as you can. If you touch a surface that has not been disinfected and then proceed to touching your face, you are ultimately giving yourself higher chances of getting infected by the disease. Germs are very easy to spread, and if you happen to touch your face, chances are the germs will enter your system and begin to spread at an alarming rate. I know it may seem difficult as we can sometimes touch our face without even knowing, like something as simply rubbing your eyes can be something that you do without even noticing, but try to stop yourself beforehand and you are limiting yourself to lower chances of catching the virus. 

If for some reason you decide to head out or go out with some friends or family, or to public gatherings, remember to wear a mask and gloves as much as you possibly can. If everyone is wearing a mask, then you are preventing the spread of Covid-19 to a higher extent. When it comes to gloves, remember to still avoid touching your face, and to constantly be switching your gloves as much as possible. If you are wearing gloves, but still touching surface counters, the germs are staying on your gloves, and that is why it is important to switch them constantly. If you are opening doors and touching other surfaces that are constantly being touched by strangers, you are picking up the germs that they are leaving behind, and if you proceed to touch your face or even your food while still wearing the same pair of gloves, then you are spreading all the germs on your gloves into your immune system. 

Remember how important it is to still keep practicing good hygiene. If you need to sneeze or cough, remember to do so into your elbow, never into your hands or without covering your face first. Remember that if you are infected by Covid-19, this virus doesn't always show symptoms, or at least shows them right away, therefore you must cover up at all times when sneezing or coughing to avoid spreading your germs to others or onto surfaces. It is important to keep in mind that although this disease might not be as bad for you, not everyone is as lucky and some are more vulnerable to the disease than you might be. There are people that have health conditions already, and are at high risk of catching this virus, and this disease can be fatal to them. Covid-19 is also more fatal amongst the elderly community, and we must do our part to avoid spreading this disease to them. 

As of May of 2020, a good amount of our states are deciding to open back up, and although we may be excited to go out in public again, remember to still be responsible when going out and to stay safe wherever you go. With everyone playing their part, we will win this fight against Covid-19 and have our lives return to normality. As long as we keep following the necessary health guidelines and following these tips, we will play a massive part in lowering our infected numbers and stomp out the virus all together in time. This virus isn’t something that is just going to go away from one night to the other, but as long as we keep playing our part and stay responsible we will see the demise of Covid-19. Remember to keep washing your hands as much as possible, keep disinfecting surfaces, and to keep a distance as much as you possibly can. 

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